It has been 20 years since Malaysiakini began its roller-coaster ride to provide Malaysians “news and views that matter.”
Malaysiakini went live on Nov 20, 1999. Since then, it has covered five general elections, countless by-elections and seen the arrest of three of its journalists.
It faced debilitating cyberattacks, was kicked out of press conferences time and again and raided by the police at least five times.
Despite this, Malaysiakini has remained steadfast in its commitment to press freedom, human rights and anti-corruption, among others.
To celebrate this milestone with its loyal subscribers and dedicated readers, Malaysiakini will be organising a gala dinner at the Pullman Hotel in Bangsar on Nov 23.
The part sit-down, part buffet-style dinner will feature music and comedy performances, among other programmes lined up.
“Apart from great food and entertainment, there will be time for participants to mingle and meet one another,” said co-founder and editor-in-chief Steven Gan.
“This is an occasion for us to thank everyone for supporting Malaysiakini through thick and thin, and for believing in us in our bid to tell truth to power and hold power to account over the past two decades.”
The gala dinner is open to the public, and there are limited seats available. You should book your ticket early.
Before 20 years ago when you felt that things were so controlled, citizens didn’t really have a voice. And then during the Reformasi years Malaysiakini came to the fore and it was something so fundamental for Malaysia.
Malaysiakini is part of my life for the last 15 years or more. It’s something like I’ve looked forward to every morning before I go to work. It’s almost like a coffee to me.
Malaysiakini has been meaning a lot, especially when I was abroad, those times when I was in China and Singapore. I can access to home country news, for true, and fair news.
You supported the new initiatives that we wanted to see in our country. And when we didn’t have a voice to say, Malaysiakini was there giving us the voice.
Independent news is important for the progress of the nation. I salute the great people behind Malaysiakini, especially Prem and Steven.
So glad that you have Malaysiakini that is professional enough to be publishing all these answers so that we could have a more balanced understanding from the views from both parties.
To me, Malaysiakini is an important element in our Malaysian political scenery because, to have democracy to flourish, we need free press, and Malaysiakini has played the role very well.
Malaysiakini to me is the first source of news that I read in the morning.
Malaysiakini means a lot to me because it provides alternative, reliable sources of news.
Malaysiakini team has proven to be worthy of support of all Malaysians. Continue to be courageous and keep telling the truth without fear or favour as long as there is Malaysia.
Happy 20th anniversary Malaysiakini. Keep going, keep telling the truth to the public. You’re playing the fundamental role in changing the landscape of Malaysian politics.
Malaysiakini is the standard bearer of the fourth and fifth estate. There were two catalysts for democratic reforms in Malaysia: in 2008 political tsunami, in 2013 what was described as Chinese tsunami. And in 2018... They were the truth-teller in the real time.
Malaysiakini to me is not only an outlet for alternative voices in Malaysian media but also a main channel of truthful, credible and reliable reporting, especially on Malaysian politics.
Thank you Malaysiakini for updating me of news about Malaysia for the past two years when I was studying in India.
Malaysiakini has been reporting all the balanced news, or even including the ugly truth about the party we support. And this is very important to us.
We need to look at various aspects of news, not just one source. That is why it is important we have a company like Malaysiakini to provide us with some points of view on the news what’s going on.
Malaysiakini, to me, represents a news site which tells the truth. Truth is important to me because it helps me to make sound decisions and valid conclusions.
I prefer to read Malaysiakini because it is convenient for me, can be read anywhere, anytime, and provides instant updates of news. I choose Malaysiakini mainly because of balanced reporting and it provides me the latest news about politics and other kinds of news.
... saya suka Malaysiakini kerana dia selalu update - bermaksud every few hours ada berita baru - walaupun waktu malam pukul 8 ke, pukul 9, tetap ada berita yang baru, dan ia menjadikan saya addicted. Setiap hari saya mesti membaca Malaysiakini!
Malaysiakini is a media that brings news worth its salt. And that’s because the owners did not pawn journalism to the establishment. Well, Malaysiakini, you’ve done it, you’ll do it, you keep doing it. All the best to you.
To me, Malaysiakini is the closest that we could have in this country to a properly functioning free press, which means, no matter who is in power, politicians or corporations, we can always count on Malaysiakini to hold them accountable and to give everyone a fair say.
Malaysiakini has persevered for 20 years in bringing us independent news every day. This is in challenging legal circumstances that have involved in investigations, prosecutions, arrests, raids, charges, legal suits, cyberattacks, and challenging business circumstances.
Malaysiakini means keeping our Malaysian politics in check.
Malaysiakini is one of the best online portals, one of the most trusted and unbiased news sources for all Malaysians.
Browsing and reading the Malaysiakini portals are the essential cores in my daily life since 10 years ago. Malaysiakini provides timely, independent, reliable, and insightful news updates unlike those pious mainstream news in those days. Malaysiakini lives up to the slogan of true news matter.
We had media that were principally controlled by political parties and the news he had obtained was biased and slanted. With Malaysiakini, we have unbiased, transparent news, reported daily without fear or favor. For this, I would like to thank Malaysiakini and their team for doing a great job.
My office is just nearby the Malaysiakini old headquarters at Bangsar. The red paint incident really gave me a lot to thing about. I admire people, like Steven, Prem, and the team members for having been standing against all odds at that challenging time.
I like Malaysiakini because, for Malaysiakini, I can have the most latest news, up to date. Once I have a busy day, I can just watch the KiniFlash. I will know everything about what’s happening in Malaysia.
Malaysiakini are my friends. We were in the dot-com boom together, and it was fun. We were in the same industry or you could say, bubble. But the bubble didn’t burst for us because companies with real offerings, that means a lot to Malaysians. … There’s a quote I want to share: nothing important has every been built without irrational exuberance. Malaysiakini’s first days were irrational but we persisted and, look at where we are now.
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23 Nov 2019 (SAT)
6pm - 10pm
Pullman Grand Ballroom (Level 2)
Pullman Hotel Bangsar, No. 1, Jalan Pantai Jaya, Tower 3, Kuala Lumpur
If you are coming by LRT, the hotel is a short 10-minute walk from the Kerinchi Station
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Arrival of guests & VIPs
Dinner is served
Malaysiakini video presentations
Speeches by co-founders
End of event